WOODARDS’ NEW BLOW
BRISTOL ROVERS’ plans for next season have been dealt a blow after Danny Woodards was ruled out for nine months – and manager John Ward admits it is a big loss.
The Pirates’ 2011-12 Player of the Season only returned to action for Rovers in midNovember after a broken ankle, and he now faces another long spell on the sidelines after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament.
The 29-year-old was carried off in the 4-1 defeat to Bradford.
“We’re really disappointed for the lad and feel upset for him,” he said.
“It’s a major test of his character. Once, you can accept it’s happened but for it to happen again is too much to deal with at times.”
The jokes, the tricks in the dressing room. What’s changed is the way we train. The food.Things like yoga.That was optional before but now it is compulsory.
“Everybody has had to be openminded. For them, it’s been adjusting to playing three times a week without a winter break. There’s been a bit of give and take but it’s slowly clicked together.”
And is Zola still the best player in training? “What, after me?” laughs Deeney.“He’s not quite the best but he’s still pretty good. He’s still got it in his head and you never lose your touch, but I think we’re just a bit too quick for him now!”
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NEW REGIME: Manager Zola FREE AS A BIRD: Troy Deeney celebrates a goal for Watford after his release from prison, and, right, has a shot saved by Jason Steele of Middlesbrough
CONTRACT: Jake Buxton